Charity’s thanks to Rudgwick pupils

Pictured from left to right, Carly Raby, Luna Lead Trustee on trauma therapy and clinical research, Oliver Stride, one of the thirty Year 7 Pennthorpe pupils to receive a Luna achievement award, and Stella Charman, Chairman of Luna Children's Charity.
Pictured from left to right, Carly Raby, Luna Lead Trustee on trauma therapy and clinical research, Oliver Stride, one of the thirty Year 7 Pennthorpe pupils to receive a Luna achievement award, and Stella Charman, Chairman of Luna Children's Charity.

REPRESENTATIVES of the international children’s charity `Luna’ have presented thirty Year 7 children from Pennthorpe School in Rudgwick with achievement certificates in recognition of the fundraising undertaken by the children over the past three terms.

The 12 year olds have raised £654 from events that included a sponsored beard re-style by Year 7 teacher Mr. Joel Wood, a Marvellous Monday Muffin sale that alone raised over £200 and a share of the collection from the school’s annual Christmas Carol Service.

Luna Chairman Stella Charman said “We are so delighted with the support and enthusiasm we’ve received from the Pennthorpe children and are thrilled that Year 7 have `adopted’ us as their chosen charity. Their fundraising is a magnificent and much appreciated effort”.

Six trustees from Luna visited Pennthorpe on Monday (June 20) to update Year 7 on the activities of the charity and to make the presentations. In a question and answer session after the presentations the West Sussex children were told about the hundreds of children in Rwanda who are now able to benefit from trauma counselling provided by their teachers and carers who have been trained by Luna to practice a unique technique that treats children suffering from post-traumatic stress.

The technique was developed by Carly Raby, a qualified child psychotherapist from Colgate, who started Luna in 2008. Luna now sends UK trained therapists to locations affected by human conflict and natural disaster and is the only charity working for children in this way.

Joel Wood from Pennthorpe said “Although Luna works in potentially distressing situations the Year 7 children have shown great maturity and understanding for the work that this very deserving charity does. They have really embraced the concept of helping others in global locations where this kind of therapy has to date been non-existent”.